I managed to install a 6 inch deep LCD TV behind a 4 inch gap between main wall and drywall. I took apart a functional LCD TV panel (THOMSON model 42M71NH20 42 inches wide) and placed it behind drywall. Here is how I did it.

Step 1: Dissasembly

Every LCD TV is different and you need some prior experience with taking apart and putting them back together agian. I've fixed at least 5 laptops and several monitors, so I knew what I was doing. I carefully took the unit apart. I did not use force. When something did not immediatly disconnect I tried looking on-line and attempting to take that particular part again in a different manner.

Step 2: Testing If the Unit Is Still Operational

After I took all the insides of my LCD out, I connected all wires back to where they were originally connected and powered up the unit without the casing. I lay the LCD panel and tuner with power supply on the floor and turned it on. I was very happy to see the unit operational. I could now bring the parts to my appartment and start assembling the LCD behind drywall.

Step 3: Assembly

I attached the unit to metal drywall beams.

Step 4: Testing Functionality Again

After I fastened the unit to drywall beams I turned it on again to see If it all works fine.

Step 5: Setup Complete

And finally my setup is complete.
I work for a custom home theater installation company.&nbsp; When we install LCD&nbsp;in a wall behind drywall, the unit stays in one piece,&nbsp; that way if anything goes wrong with the unit, it's still covered under the warranty. One thing you have to remember, ventilation. Your LCD&nbsp;will over heat if you fully seal it in a wall. Here is something that we do often <a href="http://www.htmarket.com/plscmasyfrar.html." rel="nofollow">http://www.htmarket.com/plscmasyfrar.html.</a><br /> Other than that, good job<br />
Here is my ventilation.
looking good
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<style type="text/css"><![CDATA[P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } ]]></style> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0cm;">Thank you for your suggestions, I plan to do a ventellation grid just above the floor and next to the seling. Great setup with the moving painting over the flatpanel (at your site)!</p>
Sorry, I am not trying to promote anything and this is not my site. However My intentions ware just to show an alternative way to mount TV in the wall.<br /> Keep up the good work<br />
Pictures with the drywall finished? What did you do around the edge of the drywall? L-Edge? Zip-Strip?
Here is how the LCD behind drywall looks now. Haven't installed the L-edge yet. Will let you know when it's up there!
Lmbo at the title for this step. :D
Well, it's a risk one should take when undertaking such a proj
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What do you do when it breaks down and it's embedded behind drywall?<br /> <br /> Can get almost the same look with a simple recess and trim.<br />
: ) Keyword is &quot;almost&quot; - my tutorial requires a high degree of &quot;bravery&quot; : )<br />
How often does your reqular TV breaks down? But you're right, if it breaks - I&nbsp;will need to break up the drywall...<br />
I&nbsp;can't tell from looking at the pictures, is there a way to use the video inputs after installing the TV?<br />
Yes, they will be wired to my compter and dvd systems 4 feet away...<br />
Please post a picture after finishing the drywall.<br />
Actually, I have done similar mountings with assorted computers in the past.&nbsp; I found that if there are parts that are seperated from the whole, mounting them on a backplane (i.e. plywood) one can route cabling safely and cleanly as well as make any extensions needed and then mount that to the wall before covering with sheet-rock.&nbsp; I would take it one step further and create a patch panel for all the inputs, run cables, and mount that in an inconspicuous corner&nbsp;for a rack to put all the other devices (DVD, Game console, etc.)<br /> <br /> I think it is a great way to save space and give a room that 'Farenheit 451' feel.
<style type="text/css"><![CDATA[P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } ]]></style> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0cm;">Great idea! I should have called this instructable &ldquo;putting up a Farenheit 451 type display&rdquo;. I'm running a whole bunch of wires to a spot where I plan to put all my computer/dvd/etc stuff.</p>
Love your ideia, But (there is always a but), you are not in compliance with te NEC&nbsp;code. <br /> <br /> that means if by any chance something happen with your house (doesnt have to e related to the TV), the insurance company wont pay for the damages. <br /> <br /> If Im not wrong you should have a meta box inside the wall<br /> <br /> Other than that Im looking foward to see the final product.<br /> <br /> congrats and cheers<br /> <br /> PC
No, that's not so...&nbsp; if it is unrelated to the tv you should be OK, but if the TV has a short circuit (e.g., if water leaks into your wall) then you are royally screwed!&nbsp; Furthermore it will be very hard to upgrade your tv if you so desire in the future.&nbsp; Overall, a good instructable but a lousy idea.<br />
Lousy idea?&nbsp;I have to disagree there. I think it's awesome.<br />
<style type="text/css"><![CDATA[P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } ]]></style> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0cm;">Well, you're right. This project is not for the faint of heart. And you're also right about water damage if a tsunamy hits my appartment on the 11<sup>th</sup> floor, or my no so sober at times neighbour upstairs forgets to turn the water off. As of upgrading a TV? Well I havent done this for my old set for about 8 years and I hope this one is around in 5 years. But actually I hope I have to carve this one out because these boys become real big and cheap in 5 years. As of the louse idea &ndash; do you think that having a big black box on your wall is a good idea? : ) I appreciate the comments!</p>
<style type="text/css"><![CDATA[P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } ]]></style> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0cm;">I agree, this one may be very hard to comply with various codes and such, but, could be doable... If I place all contents in metal boxes and hide all wiring? I'm not a professional builder so I don't know for sure. I'm just good at electronics/computers and I'm putting up a drywall over my real crooked old wall to hide various things and I don't see how its much different from if I were to put up the LCD contents onto the finished wall? Makes sense?</p>

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